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it helps drive tourism while protecting fish populations that are see essential to fisheries and coastal communities. the nation's leading aquariums support the protection of unique and vulnerable ocean areas, as do hundreds of thousands of people, hundreds of scientist, educators, business owners, boaters, surfers, beach goers and maybes -- members faith-based organizations. together with conservation organizations representing millions of people. the antiquities act was created 110 years ago. rather than engaging in an attack on this law, i urge my colleagues to join me and the american people on celebrating its history and 110th anniversary. vote no on this amendment and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman reserves the gentleman from the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. zeldin: thank you, mr. chairman. if the president was to designate the plum island lighthouse tonight under the antiquities act, i would certainly welcome that. as in, all the past precedent of important use and historical use of the antiquities act for good reason. i introduced this amendment on behalf of all those commercial fishermen, those hardworking
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commercial fishermen, all along the northwest atlantic concerned that if this marine monument is enacted by this president, that they will be put out of business. i would look forward to working with all my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, especially from this region, who are concerned both with the important desire for conservation, the important work of protecting and utilizing the antiquities act productively, but also ensuring that we are not putting our commercial fishermen out of business. i reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from maine is recognized. ms. pingree: i reserve. the chair: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. zeldin: thank you, mr. speaker. again, i thank chairman calvert, chairman bishop, i would ask all my colleagues to please support this important amendment, which is very important for my region, not just long island, but the entire northwest atlantic. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from maine is recognized. ms. pingree: thank you very much, mr. chair. i certainly appreciate my
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colleague from new york suggesting that he is very much in favor of the balance between conservation and supporting our commercial fishermen. being from the state of maine, we certainly look at both of those things. i look forward to working with him, but i do think this amendment is an attack on our national monument antiquities act policies. and it should be recognized as that. i do understand his concern about the inclusion of groups and the importance of a public input process. in new england we take that . ry seriously i agree with him that there is a vital need in the monument designation process for local voices to be heard. but the way to ensure that that occurses is that by an amendment that would stop monument designations in their tracks. it is certainly not by stopping monument designation powers in the entire exclusive economic zone, the e.e.z., area. today we should be talking about the importance of public input in the monument process, about the importance of an open and transparent process that uses common sense.
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instead we're debating an amendment that sends the wrong message about this important conservation tool for our oceans. so i urge my colleagues to oppose this attempt to stop local coordination collaboration and information sharing and i do hope that the gentleman from new york and i and the other people who represent coastal communities can find a way to balance conservation and our fishing industries and work together on that. for now i oppose the zeldin amendment and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from new york. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. ms. pingree: mr. chair, request a recorded vote. the chair: pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from new york will be postponed. it is now in order to consider amendment number 95 printed in house report 114-683. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek reck anything? -- seek recognition? the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 95 printed in house report 114-683
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offered by mr. beyer of virginia. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 820, the gentleman from virginia and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from virginia. mr. beyer: thank you, mr. chairman. this amendment strikes three riders that undercut sound implementation of the endangered species act. as it pertains to the gray wolf, the greater sage grouse and the lesser prairie chicken. despite what many of my colleagues assert, the gray wolves are not recovered. attempted by the fish and wildlife service to remove endangered species act protections for wolves have failed time and again. and they've failed because the endangered species act requires listing and delisting decisions be based on sound science. the scientific experts have shown and courts confirmed that the best available science does not justify the removal of all e.s.a. protections for gray wolves that the time. this is true whether you're talking about proposals to delist wolves in the western great lakes, wyoming or nationwide. in fact, the only instances in
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which wolfs have been delisted is through unprecedented and unfortunate congressional action in 2011 to remove protections for wolves in the northern rocky mountains. these wolfs are now continually persecuted by hunters and ranchers, despite the positive impacts they've had on the ecosystem and the minimal toll they take on livestock. gray wolves are incredible animals. they're reintroduction into the western united states has revitalized yellowstone and wolf-related tourism around yellowstone generate morse than $35 million annually to the local economy. yet gray wolves occupy only 5% of their historic range. with respect to the lesser prairie chicken, the fish and wildlife service has gone to great lengths to accommodate development interests and at the same time protect the bird. populations of this bird are declining rapidly and 80% of short grass prairie it calls home has been plowed, paved or otherwise destroyed. the obama administration's undertaking unprecedented effort to conserve the bird in its habitat and thereby avoid
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the need for endangered species act protection. federal agencies have work closely with the states throughout the process by developing science-based strategies to conserve sage grouse and their habitat. the claims states have been frozen out of the process don't reflect realities. 10 resource management plans released by the interior department are all based on plans developed by the states. not one size fits all, but individual plans to suit each state. and because of these plans, the fish and wildlife service determined that listing the greater sage grouse under the endangered species act was not warranted. the e.s.a. has been a catalyst for the conservation of many species across the country and i urge my colleagues to vote yes and i reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. calvert: i rise in opposition to the amendment. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. calvert: i'm happy to yield two minutes to the gentleman from utah, the chairman of the resources committee, mr. bishop. the chair: the gentleman from utah is recognized for two minutes. mr. bishop: thank you, sir. i don't know quite how many
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cliches to be used here. but where a scalpel could have been helpful, this is a meat ax that not only has missed the fingers, it's cut off the entire hand. in 2012 the fish and wildlife service did declare that the gray wolf was recovered and the endangered species act demanledses that that go back to state for enforcement. a court vacated that not on the basis of the science, but on a technicality. so the fish and wildlife service, what it wishes to do, is done in the bill. this amendment would force them to do what they don't want to do. fish and wildlife service doesn't get it right that often. for heaven's sakes, let them do what they want to do this time. in 2014 the prairie chicken was listed but they did not look at the safe requirements. so it was vacated by a district court. so once again, the underlying bill tells them what they wish to do. in fact, the department of justice has said they don't have any intent of appealing that decision. this allows them to do what they do. the amendment would require the department of justice to do what they don't want to do. and the sage grouse last year
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was not listed, even though it was then put in plans that would act as if it were listed but the issue is, when it was first started, secretary salazar told the states to actually come up with plans. every state that has a sage grouse population has a plan. the basic bill allows the state plans to go into effect. this amendment would prohibit the state plans from going into effect. so in essence, this amendment tells the fish and wildlife service to do what it doesn't want to do, the justice department to do what it doesn't want to do, and the states can't do what they do want to do. in essence, we're doing the thing backwards and we're harming people in the process. this is an amendment that simply sounds good on paper but it misses the mark and it hurts people. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from virginia voiced. mr. beyer: how much time do i have left? the chair: the gentleman has 2 1/2 minutes. mr. beyer: mr. chair, i yield one minute to my colleague and co-sponsor of this amendment

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